After splitting its first four games against Ludington on Tuesday, Spring Lake fell in a deciding Game 5, 15-7.
But when coach Sarah Bulthuis addressed her team after the loss, she wasn’t talking about Game 5. Instead, she was discussing Game 4, the one that could have clinched victory for the Lakers, the one that got away.
“I really feel that we let Game 4 slip away,” said Bulthuis, whose team is now 18-3-1. “I really think that was the one that we really should have won — we had momentum, we were coming from behind. (We) tied it, and then we were neck and neck. I just feel like we had a couple of miscommunications down the stretch there. That would have been the match-ending game.”
Instead, it ended one game later, with the visiting Orioles on top.
The loss drops the Lakers to 2-2 in Lakes Eight play, two games behind first-place Grant in the league standings.
Spring Lake and Ludington traded tight victories earlier in the night.
The first game was close until Spring Lake pulled away at the end, winning 25-21.
Ludington jumped out to an early lead in Game 2, cruising to a 25-16 victory.
An early lead for the Orioles would become a common sight, as the Lakers fell behind in the next three games as well.
Spring Lake was in front at the very beginning of a back-and-forth Game 3, but Ludington went on a 6-0 run after tying the Lakers at seven.
The Lakers chipped away at the lead and eventually tied the Orioles at 21. Ludington continued to take small leads, but every time it seemed that Spring Lake had an answer.
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